When you wear a dress, no matter its style – A-line, shift, shirt, wrap, smock, or sundress, keeping to one bold colour makes your look appear more formal. You can style with accessories in neutral shades like beige, brown, grey or black. If you love colours, strive for a monochromatic palette by wearing colours from the same family, and add more dimension to your look by playing with tone and textures.
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Block-coloured Dress in Black-Mustard yellow, $159, from H&M
Yellow may be too bright on its own but when paired with black, as seen on this dress, looks perfect as workwear. This jersey crepe dress features gathered seam at the front, extra-long sleeves and an asymmetric hem.
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Margot Crepe Maxi Dress, $229, from In Good Company
Featuring a relaxed and elegant silhouette, this maxi slip-on dress comes in an emerald hue that isn’t too loud for the office. The illusion of a layered wrap front and extended sash length not only create movement as you move, they also camouflage any bulges and conceal a heavy lunch. If your office leans on the corporate dress code, keep the rest of your look (hair, makeup bag, and shoes) more formal looking, or leave this for casual Fridays.
Long-sleeved Layered Dress, $134.26 (USD$99), from Cos
Blue is always office-friendly. This stretchy, jersey dress features an A-line fit with a draped front layer that looks simple and chic.
Bree Dress in Onyx, $256, from Alpha60
The floral applique and ribbed neckband elevates the casual look of a T-shirt dress.
Dress with Draped Layer, $169.51 (USD$125), from Cos
Light fabrics can look too casual for the office but not when paired with the right details. The draped front layers creates an air of elegance with its flowy style that hides any stomach bulges.
Gathered-Hem Dress, $169.53 (USD$125), from Cos
This A-line dress plays with volume and structure at the hem that elevates a classic black dress to a contemporary, stylish one.
Faux Leather Dress, $89.90, from Zara
Mini dresses can look inappropriate for the office. However, when designed with an A-line dress silhouette, faux leather, full sleeves and in one solid black hue, it looks just right.
Midi Pinafore Dress with Buttons, $69.90, from Zara
Love the faux leather look but are not sure if it fits into your office setting? Go for this A-line pinafore dress. Pair it with a long-sleeved white shirt or a knitted top to look cute and classy.
Prints and Patterns
Skip tiny floral prints and go for more graphic ones to look office-friendly and stylish.
Crepe Wrap Dress, $49.95, from H&M
A collaboration with iconic scarf designer Richard Allan, this dogtooth-patterned wrap dress takes you from the office to dinner parties. For absolute comfort, it features a sewn-in wrapover at the top and a sewn-in tie belt at the waist.
Short Black Shirt Dress, $390, from Bimba Y Lola
If you like a touch of print to your outfit but may not be comfortable with wearing a fully printed dress, try something like this shirt dress. The straight-cut dress features python print piping at the collar and the underside of the sleeves for understated style.